Mike Snider is a double threat: multi-instrumentalist and comedian. Snider has never lost touch with his country roots. He lives in his hometown, Gleason, Tennessee, where he learned to play banjo as a teen. Snider was declared the National Bluegrass Banjo Champion when he was 23. Shortly thereafter he was invited to play at the Grand Ole Opry. Nearly the entire population of Gleason was at the Opry to watch their friend and neighbor perform. Snider's fame grew when he made some TV appearances on Nashville Now and began fine-tuning his comedy act. Snider's Tennessean drawl and jokes about small town country life endeared him to audiences, and he became a member of Hee Haw.
Although Snider is an accomplished comedian, his music is no joke. His specialty is playing banjo in a clawhammer style that predates bluegrass music, and he also plays harmonica, mandolin, and fiddle. The Mike Snider String Band, consisting of Snider, Tony Wray on guitar and banjo, fiddlers Matt Combs and Shad Cobb, and bass fiddler Todd Cooke, has been called the best string band in the nation. The band plays old-time mountain music, old tunes with tight string melodies. Minnie Pearl inducted Snider into the Grand Ole Opry in 1990. Snider carries on Minnie's legacy of terrific showmanship, blending great music and fun comedy and keeping Opry audience smiling and clapping along.
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